Spartacus Saga: Posters from Every Season

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Season 1. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend. [amazon.com]

Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Viva Bianca as Ilithyia and Craig Parker as Glaber
Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Viva Bianca as Ilithyia and Craig Parker as Glaber
Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Tom Hobbs as Seppius and Hanna Mangan Lawrence as Seppia
Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Tom Hobbs as Seppius and Hanna Mangan Lawrence as Seppia
Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Andy Whitfield as Spartacus
Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Andy Whitfield as Spartacus

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Prequel. There is no Spartacus to be found here – but little matter, as Gods of the Arena is a prime example of making lemonade from lemons. Faced with the unavailability of Andy Whitfield, star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the folks at Starz chose to go ahead without him. The focus throughout these six episodes is on the house of Batiatus. The younger Batiatus, already blindly ambitious, wants to make his mark in the gladiator biz, aided by his sexy, scheming wife, Lucretia (Lucy Lawless), and her licentious friend Gaia (Jaime Murray) – and they have just the warrior to do it with in Gannicus (Dustin Clare), a preening stud described by one show exec as “Han Solo meets Achilles.” True to the Blood and Sand precedent, every episode offers a steady parade of gratuitous, risibly over-the-top beheadings and other mayhem, much of it lovingly shot in slow motion, along with ample nudity (some of it full-frontal) and sex (all of it soft-core). Almost without exception, Batiatus and his ilk are depicted as frivolous, depraved, and conniving, while the gladiators and slaves are lowly but noble (not to mention as gloriously muscled and sweaty as your average Chippendales dancer). But this isn’t a documentary–it’s entertainment, and on that level, Gods of the Arena totally works. – Sam Graham [amazon.com]

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Jaime Murray as Gaia
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Jaime Murray as Gaia
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Marisa Ramirez as Melitta
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Marisa Ramirez as Melitta
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Dustin Clare as Gannicus
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Dustin Clare as Gannicus

 

 

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. John Hannah as Batiatus and Lucy Lawless as Lucretia
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. John Hannah as Batiatus and Lucy Lawless as Lucretia
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Manu Bennett as Crixus
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Manu Bennett as Crixus
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Jaime Murray as Gaia
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Jaime Murray as Gaia
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Marisa Ramirez as Melitta
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Marisa Ramirez as Melitta

Spartacus: Vengeance

Season 2. On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion. [amazon.com]

Spartacus: Vengeance. Katrina Law as Mira
Spartacus: Vengeance. Katrina Law as Mira
Spartacus: Vengeance. Lucy Lawless as Lucretia
Spartacus: Vengeance. Lucy Lawless as Lucretia
Spartacus: Vengeance. The Cast
Spartacus: Vengeance. The Cast
Spartacus: Vengeance. Viva Bianca as Ilithyia
Spartacus: Vengeance. Viva Bianca as Ilithyia

Spartacus: War of the Damned

Season 3. It is the final season of the series, a typically bold, exciting and intriguing – and, of course, extremely gory, concluding the end of the Third Servile War. Troubles continue to thwart Spartacus and his rebels, however, as they deal with food shortages, shelter problems, betrayals, mounting casualties and a spy in their midst. In the end, Spartacus and his outnumbered rebel force prepare for what could be their final, pivotal battle against the Romans. We all know how it’s going to end… [amazon.com/theguardian.com]

Spartacus: War of the Damned. Liam McIntyre as Spartacus and Simon Merrells as Crassus
Spartacus: War of the Damned. Liam McIntyre as Spartacus and Simon Merrells as Crassus
Spartacus: War of the Damned. Crixus
Spartacus: War of the Damned. Manu Bennett as Crixus
Spartacus: War of the Damned. Naevia.
Spartacus: War of the Damned. Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Naevia.
Spartacus: War of the Damned
Spartacus: War of the Damned. The New Cast Members
Spartacus: War of the Damned
Spartacus: War of the Damned. The Rebels.